History of the Grand hotel Melbourne by johnwilson746


									History of the Grand hotel Melbourne

The only official grand Victorian era hotel surviving the 19 th century is the luxury 5 star
Grand hotel. This hotel plays a significant role in Australian history as this is where the
Australian Constitution was drafted in 1898. The Grand hotel has hosted many prestige
national and international guests and has been dubbed the Duchess of Spring Street during
the 20th century. Within the Parliament precinct the Grand hotel is a landmark in Melbourne
depicting high Victorian architecture. It is noted that during 2013 major renovation will take
place. Notable guests such as Meryl Streep, Laurence Oliver, Muhammad Ali, Paul Keating,
Katherine Hepburn and many other noted celebrities have been guests at the grand Hotel.

The hotel was designed by Charles Webb and built by George Nipper which was completed
in 1884, the hotel then was sold and was once again extended to almost double the size by
James Munro and notable features of the Grand hotel Melbourne was the grand staircase
and ballroom which included twin mansard roofed towers replicating the stone sculpture and
second empire over the entrance with female and male figures reclining over the Australian
and English Coat of Arms named Plenty and Peace. The hotels liquor license was burnt in
public by Munro who at that time was the leader of the temperance movement and a
politician and the hotel then operated as and named the Grand Coffee Palace. In 1897 the
hotel yet again saw a new owner which in turn was amalgamated with the Old White Hart
hotel and the hotel was once again renamed the Grand Hotel. Today the Grand hotel is a
historic icon with a distinguished and unique personality. The rooms are fully self contained
with grand king sized beds and luxurious furnishings and modern kitchen facilities. The hotel
includes an indoor spar and heated pool, sauna and full gym, and in house restaurant and
bar. The grand hotel is close to all the major Melbourne attractions, Southbank, Etihad
Stadium and Docklands. The hotel design and size is very impressive and is well over 120
years and is a heritage listed building that now blends its historic Victorian charm with all
the modern amenities you would expect from a boutique hotel.

The Grand hotel is enchanting and depicts bygone era in the heart of Melbourne city. The in
house restaurant offers guests a true gourmet experience where one can take part in a
grand indulgence and savour the local wines, cheeses and olives, and offers a wide selection
of boutique cheeses, sweet dishes which are well complimented with a wide range of the top
regional wines. The hotel has sophisticated conference facilities which leave a lasting
impression on guests.

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